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testing. >> governor romney agreed, and if you look at president obama's proposal for medicare cuts, there is means testing in that. i think we need both tax revenue, and we need much more than what tax reform will get us, we also need higher tax rates, and spending cuts. it has to be balanced. i'm optimistic, it feels to me like they're coming to a middle ground. >> i don't see that. right now when i listen to the democrats, i'm hearing no cuts in medicare, medicaid, social security, some are saying it's not even a problem -- >> they kind of don't matter at this point, right? >> they don't matter, but we talk so much about the politics within the republican party, and within the republican caucus of the house, and talk to seen your democrats and they will tell you, rank and file democrats, emanuel cleaver, who is the tom cole of the left, it will be hard for them at the end of the day to say you'll have to give on raising the eligibility age for medicare. that's not easy for democrats to swallow. >> the deals that were made, recently, have not been from the right and the left. the
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corker's view is different but we'll have to find spending cuts and we will. >> in fairness, senator corker, senator coburn, a bunch of people, have said -- it's not house speaker boehner but you're not president obama. they've been willing to say we're willing to raise the tax rates all the way up to the clinton rate, 39.6%. can you give us some specifics of things you would consider cutting in terms of social programs and in terms of entitlement reform? >> the bottom line, chris, is that would be negotiating against ourselves. president obama agreed -- >> isn't that what they just did? >> no. the bottom line is democrats, led by our president almost uniformly say here's our first 1.2 trillion of getting to the 4 trillion. revenues. it's up to the republican leadership prodded correctly and boldly by senator corker and others to say they'll go along with this and then we'll negotiating on the other side. it makes no sense to negotiate against ourselves? do you buy that, senator corker? >> look, chris. we have to have a $4.4 trillion solution. i know senator schumer, i've talked with
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which the obama administration says would drive a wedge in the palestinians west bank and cut off east jerusalem from the rest of the west bank. my question is will israel develop that chunk or are you using that as a bargaining chip to say to the palestinians, you make trouble for us in the u.n. and international bodies, this is what we may do. if you don't, maybe we won't. >> the map is misleading. you saw the yellow chunk. that's a suburb where 40,000 israelis live. it's less than two miles of baron desert road from that suburb to jerusalem. that's e1, the road. and we have to worry about a situation in the future where the suburb could be cut off from jerusalem. it doesn't cut off the west bank. you can get from ramallah to bethlehem in the south by going around e-1. if there's true peace between us and the palestinians the problem is solved by a cloverleaf or tunnel underneath the road that links them to jerusalem but it was a way the israel government set down a marker. the palestinians violated agreements with us and united states by going to the u.n. all agreements state there'
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different views. my view and senator corker's views are different but we will have to find spending cuts. >> heather: brad blakeman is assistant to george w. bush and joe seos peculiar is a former congressman. i want to go to the meeting between obama and boehner, what do you think the significance is and what do you think happened. congressman secretary peculiar i will begin with you? >> i believe -- congressman sespek we'll begin with. >> you we know we need $3 trillion in addition to the $1 trillion you just listed. we know that we have to have about $1.4 trillion. more boehner has proposed that in tax reform. it kind of looks like that raising taxes on the wealthy. that means the president which has laid down a substantive plan has to address spending cuts. we need about two dollars in spending cuts for every dollar in tax increases and it has to include entitlement reform. he has talked about different index inflation for social security and raising the age of medicare. that is the grand bargain that we need to do so we stop the negotiation and come to the principle compromise so we